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FAQs



Q:

Where does Cornerstone Upper Tier meet? 

A:

We meet at Grace Baptist Church, 1899 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603 .

Q:

What grades does Cornerstone Upper Tier serve?

A:

Classes are designed to meet the needs of most 7-12th graders. Teachers modify grading expectations based on ages of students in the class.

Cornerstone Lower Tier meets 16 Thursday afternoons and provides supplemental classes for elementary through 8th grade (nursery available). Upper and Lower Tier have different directors and operate under different requirements for teaching, monitoring, registration and various other things. For more information about Lower Tier please contact their directors at [email protected]

Q:

How often do Upper Tier Classes meet?

A:

Full year Upper Tier classes meet 30 Thursdays. One semester classes meet 15 Thursdays. Unless a class description is marked as "FALL" or "SPRING", it is a full year class. Specific dates are posted on the website calendar and also listed under Class Dates.

Special Exceptions

PSAT Math Prep meets only the first four weeks.  Other first period class instructors may make accommodations for students wishing to take PSAT Math Prep if possible. 

Optional Biology Lab meets for 12 weeks specified in the Class Description, beginning week 5 and alternating Thursdays with the Environmental Science Lab. 

Optional Environmental Science Lab meets for 12 weeks specified in the Class Description, beginning week 6 and alternating Thursdays with the Biology Lab. 

Q:

Does Cornerstone Upper Tier offer classes to grades below 7th?

A:

No.  Cornerstone Lower Tier meets for 16 Thursday afternoons each year and provides supplemental classes for elementary through 8th grade (nursery available). Upper and Lower Tier have separate directors and operate under different requirements for teaching, monitoring, registration, and various other things. For more information about Lower Tier please contact their directors at [email protected]

 

Q:

Do your teachers have child abuse clearances?

A:

Yes. All Cornerstone Upper Tier teachers have the required PA Child Abuse Clearances.

Q:

What can I expect from the teachers at your co-op?

A:

Teachers provide students with a syllabus at the beginning of the school year and indicate preferred method of contact for questions that occur from week to week (ie- email, phone). Homework is given on a weekly basis and grades are assigned. 

Generally speaking, teachers modify grading expectations based on ages of students in the class.

Q:

Do your teachers utilize an online grade management system?

A:

Our teachers have the freedom to choose their system of providing grades but are encouraged to use the dashboard on our website.

Q:

Are students required to take a certain number of classes?

A:

No. There is no minimum class requirement. However, students who are not in class must check into Flex Period locations ("study hall", "talk room", or "outside").  They are also free to leave for home. 

Q:

What are Flex Periods and am I required to sign my student up for those?

A:

No. If your student is coming to Grace Baptist only for classes then you do not need to register for any Flex Periods. 

Yes. If your student is going to be on campus during before, between, or after classes you need to register them in the Flex Periods.  They are divided in Fall and Spring to accommodate changes in scheduling for both semesters. 

The Flex Periods have been added and assigned a fee to facilitate good stewardship towards Grace Baptist Church.  These help leadership and monitors control unsupervised student wandering during our co-op day and reduce disruptive traffic in the hallways during class.

Students have three choices of location to spend these periods and each area has a sign-in sheet and designated monitor. The fee for this period is to cover Cornerstone’s building usage. If your student will be on campus when they are not in class, it is expected that they register for these periods. The location the student chooses may vary, but please stay in that area for the entire period.  

  • The Study Hall is located in the Lobby area, just outside the Sanctuary. Students choosing this option should have quiet work to occupy themselves. Students are not to eat in the Lobby. Noise must be kept at a minimum, as the church offices are in this area and excessive noise is disruptive for the church staff. Monitors in this area will ask loud students to relocate to another Flex location if necessary.
  • Outside is the general area of the Parking Lot. Please use caution in this area as families are dropping off and picking up all day long. If there is inclement weather or conditions are too messy, Leadership reserves the right to ask all students to remain indoors. Upper Tier students are not to get on the playground equipment. Please do not leave trash around the church.
  • The Talk Room is located in the Fellowship Hall, except on the second Thursday of the month when it is located in the Preschool Room. Choose this location for eating and drinking. Snacks may be available in this area for purchase, using the honor system for payment. If you need change please find the monitor or see Leadership. Please clean up after yourself. Games may be available for student use, but the noise level needs to be controlled. Excessive noise carries down the hallway and disturbs classes.

Q:

What kind of work is expected to meet the Volunteer Requirements as a Participating Member?

A:

Our Volunteers can choose to be monitors, serve pizza lunches, do set up before co-op days, lead tear down and clean up, or vacuum. 

Monitors in general are in the talk room, study hall, or outside and all do a bit of floating in and around the building. 

Lunch Servers work with the Fundraising/Lunch Coordinator.  Two (2) members share the responsibility for picking up the pizza order, distributing the orders, counting the money, cleaning up spills and emptying trash afterwards.  

The Set Up Person works with the building coordinator using set up cards and pictures to assist in preparing the building for our Thursday class meetings.  Excellent communication skills are a plus for this job. 

Tear Down & Clean Leader works with all the Cornerstone volunteer students and parents at the end of the day to put everything away and clean the building.  Cleaning cards will be available for guidance.   

Vacuuming will be needed at the conclusion of the day.  Some days the load will be lighter than others, depending on our building usage. 

Q:

Do you serve lunch?

A:

Cornerstone offers lunches as we are able. 

Generally, on the second Thursday of the month, except in March, we collect orders for a pizza lunch.

Other Thursdays, we may offer special lunches as we are able with our supporting member involvement.

If you are a Participating Member and have an interest in providing a lunch please reach out to [email protected] OR look under the Sign Ups tab on the website for the "2022-2023 Cornerstone Lunches" to get more information and Sign Up.   

Q:

Are parents required to monitor or stay on campus during co-op?

A:

Parents do not need to stay on campus unless they are monitoring.

Parents are required to monitor based on the number of classes for which the family is registered. (Year long classes = 4 monitor spots each; Semester classes = 2 monitor spots each.

PA Child Clearances are required of all monitors. Details are on our website under Clearance Information. 

You are welcome to bring your younger children with you, but be mindful of where you sign up to monitor so that the younger children don't create class disturbances. 

Q:

Do the directors communicate regularly with members? 

A:

Typically, directors send a weekly email newsletter on Mondays during the school year. These are also added to the calendar for easy reference. Occasionally, other important items of business may be sent separate from the usual Monday newsletter. 

The directors count on member families (parents and registered students) to read the emails and respond (as needed).

 

Q:

Do you have a graduation ceremony for seniors?

A:

Cornerstone Upper Tier may have a private graduation if the parents of seniors decide to organize it.  Graduation is planned by the parents and graduating seniors. 

Q:

What is involved with New Student Orientation?

A:

New Student Orientation is scheduled to take place one week prior to the first day of classes in the fall. Please see the calendar for details. 

New families are invited to meet at Grace Baptist for the purposes of meeting the directors and other new students, to become familiar with co-op rules, and to see where their classes will meet. The meeting usually takes about 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

Attendance is not mandatory but is highly encouraged.

 

Q:

How do I contact the directors?

A:

Directors prefer to be contacted by email at [email protected] 

During co-op days on Thursdays please do not call the Grace Baptist Church office. Call Director Anne Flinchbaugh Richey at 717-468-5304.

Q:

Does Upper Tier have an open house?

A:

Yes! Upper and Lower Tier both have an Open House & Learning Fair on the first Thursday of March. Come and see what our current students have been up to this year and what our teachers will be offering next year. Please see the calendar for details.